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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2426  Tuesday, 23 December 2003

[1]     From:   R. A. Cantrell <
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        Date:   Monday, 22 Dec 2003 07:34:16 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.2423 Shakespeare's Library

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        Date:   Monday, 22 Dec 2003 07:37:23 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.2423 Shakespeare's Library

[3]     From:   Michael B. Luskin <
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        Date:   Monday, 22 Dec 2003 10:42:29 EST
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From:           R. A. Cantrell <
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Date:           Monday, 22 Dec 2003 07:34:16 -0600
Subject: 14.2423 Shakespeare's Library
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2423 Shakespeare's Library

>Have you ever seen William
>Shakespere's small Latine & lesse Greeke by T.W. Baldwin? I haven't been
>ambitious enough to read the two large volumes, but I think his
>elementary education was intense--a lot more intense than what kids get
>nowadays.

Please find the time. Baldwin's masterpiece is the ne plus ultra of
Shakespeare studies. If you are not adequately informed to have written
this work, it is essential that you read it. It is a solid fuel
propellant.

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From:           R. A. Cantrell <
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Date:           Monday, 22 Dec 2003 07:37:23 -0600
Subject: 14.2423 Shakespeare's Library
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2423 Shakespeare's Library

 A successful actor in the 16th and 17th century would need a prodigious
memory.

If you have not read THE ART OF MEMORY by Frances Yates, you are missing
a very entertaining and informative short course on the subject of
memory in the early modern.

All the best,
R.A. Cantrell

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From:           Michael B. Luskin <
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Date:           Monday, 22 Dec 2003 10:42:29 EST
Subject: 14.2423 Shakespeare's Library
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2423 Shakespeare's Library

Laurie Richards makes a fine point about Shakespeare that H. M. W.
Tilyard also makes, that he has a mind like a sponge.  In addition,
Tilyard argues that there were simply fewer sources of ideas during the
English renaissance, fewer people with them, and therefore more focus.
He argues, for example, that whether or not he was familiar with Plato's
Timaeus and the Republic by having read them, he would have been
familiar with the ideas about music in them, because they were "in the
air."  In addition, not all of Machiavelli was available in English, but
he somehow knew many of his ideas on topics not discussed in the Prince.

Michael B. Luskin

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